Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) and Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) both made weight ahead of their light heavyweight title fight on Saturday in Montreal, Canada.
Reigning IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion, Kovalev, weighed in at 174.6lbs whilst Pascal, the challenger, came in at 174.3lbs.
Kovalev and Pascal squared off against each other in March 2015 in a bout that saw Pascal stopped in the 8th round.
So why the rematch? Well, Kovalev had no luck getting a fight with Adonis Stevenson so he looked at other options and the option that makes the most business sense right now is Pascal. When the pair first stepped in to the ring they made good money and saw good ratings. In fact, right now, very few fights could be made for either fighter that would bring the same return as this rematch.
Perhaps another reason for making this fight is Kovalev’s potential showdown with the undefeated Andre Ward later this year. Before such a contest Kovalev will undoubtedly want to taste some decent opposition, hence Pascal, rather than someone new but less experienced.
Kovalev’s desired schedule for 2016 was Pascal, Stevenson and Ward. However, with the Stevenson bout unlikely to occur Kovalev is left needing a good tune up fight before meeting Ward.
Pascal, now under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, has faced his fair share of critics recently. His last outing ended in a controversial victory over Yunieski Gonzalez, one which many thought Pascal was lucky to win and others called a sign that Pascal is on the decline. So, perhaps for Pascal this rematch is no more than a one last, large paycheck.